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Parisian Scholars in the Early Fourteenth Century
A Social Portrait

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025102

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  • This study of the social, geographical and disciplinary composition of the scholarly community at the University of Paris in the early fourteenth century is based on the reconstruction of a remarkable document: the financial record of tax levied on university members in the academic year 1329–1330. Containing the names, financial level and often addresses of the majority of the masters and most prominent students, it is the single richest source for the social history of a medieval university before the late fourteenth century. After a thorough examination of the financial account, the history of such collections, and the case (a rape by a student) that precipitated legal expenses and the need for a collection, the book explores residential patterns, the relationship of students, masters and tutors, social class and levels of wealth, interaction with the royal court and the geographical background of university scholars.

    • The most detailed examination attempted to date of the social structure and composition of a university before the fifteenth century
    • Includes a biographical register of almost 300 university members, 1329–1330
    • Examines the stages in a rape trial, revealing the relationship between the university and the episcopal court in the early fourteenth century
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    'This work provides a brilliant window into the academic community at Paris in 1329–30.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025102
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.467kg
    • contains: 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps and figures
    Preface
    Introduction: Paris in 1329
    Part I. The Recovery and Context of a Document:
    1. The computus of 1329–1330
    2. Collectae and university finance
    3. Precipitating event: the rape of Symonette
    Part II. A window in a Lost World:
    4. Academic space: the topography of the university community
    5. Lodging and residential patterns
    6. The sociology of the university community
    7. The geographical origins of the university community
    Conclusion
    Part III. Biographical Register: Appendices
    Select bibliography
    Indexes.

  • Author

    William J. Courtenay, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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